Givin’ Me Fever Knitted Pom-Pom Hat

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Pairing the luscious combo of silk and alpaca with the funky texture of mohair, this hat is sure to turn heads and raise temperatures wherever you go. So get ready to perk up those gray winter days with this bold, cozy knitting project!

 

Materials

  • Kollabora Let’s Shag Mohair Yarn: Chrome Scooter, two skeins; Strawberry Alarm Clock, one skein
  • Kollabora Like a Rolling Stone Smoke Quartz Silk & Baby Alpaca Yarn, one skein

Tools

  • Knitting needles: size 8 (or any size needed to obtain gauge); size 10 for knitting in the round (or any size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Pom-pom maker, extra large

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure

Abbreviations

BO = Bind off
CO = Cast on
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 together (decrease)
P = Purl
P2tog = Purl 2 together (decrease)
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
RS = Right side
st(s) = stitch(es)

Directions

Size

One size fits most.

Gauge

20 sts in garter ridge rib pattern (holding one strand each of CA and CB and using smaller needles) = 4″. For best results, check gauge. (Note: Brim band should measure 1.75” wide. Designer used 36″ circular knitting needles along with the “magic loop” method, but a set of double-pointed needles will do.) 

Special Stitches

  • Garter Ridge Rib (knit flat) – Row 1: (RS) K1, (p1, k2) twice, p1, k1. Row 2: K2, (p2, k1) twice, k1. Row 3: Repeat Row 1. Row 4: Knit. Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.
  • 3 x 2 Rib (knit in the round) – Rnd 1: (RS) K3, p2. Repeat Rnd 1 for pattern.

(Note: Chrome Scooter (CA), Smoke Quartz (CB), and Strawberry Alarm Clock (CC) throughout. Brim band is knit flat in a strip and then seamed. The rest of hat is worked in the round from the brim band up to the crown.)

Hat Brim Band

1. Holding one strand each of CA and CB together and using smaller needles, CO 9.

2. Follow Garter Ridge Rib pattern until band measures approximately 22” long, ending after Row 3. BO loosely, following pattern for Row 4. Fasten off with a long yarn tails.

3. With RS facing and short edges together, use yarn needle to sew edge closed with yarn tails.

4. With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on wrong side. Turn brim band facing out (right side out).

Hat Body

1. Holding one strand each of CA and CC together and using larger needles, begin next to the seam and pick up 80 sts evenly along the long edge of brim band. Place marker and begin working in the round.

2. Follow 3 x 2 Rib pattern, moving marker each round. Continue until hat measures approximately 7.5”, including brim band.

Shape Crown

1. Rnd 1: *K2tog, k1, p2. Repeat from * around. (64 sts)

2. Rnd 2: *K2, p2. Repeat from * around.

3. Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2.

4. Rnd 4: *K2, p2tog. Repeat from * around. (48 sts)

5. Rnd 5: *K2, p1. Repeat from * around.

6. Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 5.

7. Rnd 7: *K2tog, p1. Repeat from * around. (32 sts)

8. Rnd 8: K2tog around. (16 sts)

9. Rnd 9: K2tog around. (8 sts)

10. Fasten off with long yarn tails. Thread yarn tails through yarn needle. Pull yarn tails firmly through sts several times, drawing tightly to close crown. Remove sts from needle. Finish off by weaving yarn tails inside of hat.

Pom-Pom

1. Holding one strand each of CA and CC, follow manufacturer’s instructions to create pom-pom.

2. Fasten off with long yarn tails. Thread yarn tails through yarn needle. Position pom-pom at top of crown; use yarn needle and yarn tails to sew pom-pom to hat. Finish off by weaving yarn tails inside of hat.

Tip

Learn how to make your own pom-pom maker from cardboard at: http://bit.ly/DIYpompom.

by Marie Segares for Kollabora (http://www.kollabora.com)

Woven Crocheted Purse

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Weave knitted cord through a crocheted-mesh pattern for a stunning purse you can make in any color combination.

Materials

  • Caron yarn: Jewel Box Emerald, one 2-1/2 oz. skein; Simply Soft Country Blue, one 6 oz. skein
  • Bond America Embellish-Knit! cording machine
  • Toggle button, 3/4″

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size G/6
  • Large safety pin or bodkin

Basic Supplies

scissors, large needle

Directions

Size

 7″ square

Gauge

16 sts and 14 dc rows = 4″/10cm over pat st

Purse

1. Row 1: With Emerald, ch 37.

2. Row 2: Sk first 3 ch. *Dc in next ch 1. Ch 1. Sk next ch.* Rep bet *’s across, ending with dc in last ch. Ch 3.

3. Row 3: *Dc in top of dc on previous row. Ch 1.* Rep bet *’s across, ending with last dc in last ch. Ch 3.

4. Rep Row 3 for pat st. Continue for 30 rows of mesh grid; end off.

5. Follow cording machine manufacturer’s instructions to make cording from entire Country Blue skein.

6. To finish, attach safety pin or bodkin to end of cording. Weave cording horizontally through crocheted mesh, over one dc st and under the next. Work weaving in opposite direction for next row. Rep until entire purse has been woven, except last row.

7. For last row, weave through all but last grid row. Weave to center and pull down a 1″ loop to use as the button loop; continue weaving across the row. Cut remaining cording; end off. Fold up bottom 6″ and sew side seam. Fold over top. Sew button to front at loop.

by Cari Clement for Caron International

Quick Knit Fingerless Gloves

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When the cold wind starts blowing, these fingerless gloves are a sure way to keep your hands warm and fingers free. From only one skein of yarn, you can knit several pairs!

Materials

  • Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: Pretty ’n Pink (solid) or Pink Camo (multi-colored), 1 skein

Tools

  • Knitting needles, size 8
  • Sewing needle and coordinating thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

One size fits most adult women or teens.

Gauge

15 sts = 4”; 21 rows = 4”

Gloves

1. Cast on 30 sts.

2. Work in St st (K 1 row, P 1 row) to 8”. End P row. Bind off.

Finishing

1. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew seam 5” from one edge and 2” from opposite edge, leaving 1-1/2” opening for thumb.

2. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.

by Kathleen Sams for Coats & Clark